Since accepting the Head Coaching Position in Bismarck in
August 2012 for the Aquastorm Swim Team Jeff has lead Aquastorm to
their 19th Consecutive State Championship. Jeff had been the
head coach of the West Fargo Flyers since May 2007. Jeff lead
the Flyers to seven consecutive state titles in his first seven
seasons in West Fargo receiving Coach of the Year honors in Long
Course of 2007 and Long Course of 2009, Short Course 2012 and Long
Course 2012. As Aquastorm's Head Coach he has coached numerous
state champions, zone, sectional, junior and senior national &
olympic trial qualifiers.
He grew up in Bismarck and began his swimming career at age 13
with the Bismarck YMCA Golden Seals swim team in 1992. He competed
in club swimming through his senior year as well as the Bismarck
High School Swim Team until his graduation in 1996. From there swam
at UND where a shoulder injury ended his swimming career as an
His coaching career began in 1998 as an assistant coach for the
Bismarck and Bismarck Century Boys High School Teams. From there he
moved to Fargo and stepped in to the role of the Fargo North Girls
High head coach from 1999 to 2005. As coach of the North
girls, Jeff was named North Dakota High School Coach of the Year
three times and was also names EDC Coach of the Year five
times. From 1999 to 2002, Jeff was also the assistant coach
for the Fargo North Boys Team.
Jeff started coaching club, in addition to HS teams, in
2000. From 2000 - 2006 he was the Head Coach for the Fargo-
Moorhead YMCA Gators winning 5 consecutive state titles. In his 8
seasons with the FMY Gators, Jeff coached 29 National Qualifiers
with 13 in his last season alone. He also coached 4 YMCA
All-Americans, and numerous state champions and record holders. As
the Gators Head Coach, he also received 4 Coach of the Year awards.
During this time coaching the Gators, Jeff has been the ND Zone
Team Head Coach twice and also Assistant Zone Team Coach multiple
Jeff is married to his wife Tara who is an elementary school
teacher, and they have three children, ages, 14, 11, and 9.
Coaching Staff/Program & Meet Director
I grew up in Minot, ND and began competitive swimming at the
age of 9 for Minot Swim Club. I swam for MSC for ten
years as well as four years at Minot High where I was a member
of 4 undefeated state championship teams from 1999 until I
graduated in 2002.
After high school I began my coaching career in the fall
of 2004. I coached for Erik Ramstad Middle School girls and
boys swim teams for 8 years and 7 years respectively as the head
coach for girls and assistant coach for boys. My girls team
won the school's second ever city championship in 2008 and my boys
won back to back titles in 2006 and 2007.
I worked as an assistant coach for ASK swim club in 2010 and
2011 for two seasons before leaving to take the Head Girls Coaching
position for Williston High School in August of 2011. I was
the Head Girls coach for 2 seasons and the Head Boys Coach there
for 1 season. I was named WDA Boys Coach of the Year
in 2013. After that season I returned home to Minot
where I served as assistant coach for Jim Hill Middle School under
my wife Leah where we guided our teams to both the boys and girls
city championship in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
In August of 2014 we moved to Bismarck and I served as an
assistant boys coach for the Century Patriots swim team for one
year, winning the state title in 2015. I also joined
Aquastorm as an assistant coach in the fall of 2014. In the
fall of 2015 I became the first Head Coach of the Legacy High
School girls and boys swim teams. During the 2015-16 school
year I also served as the Head Coach of the Bismarck Demons boys
swim team. In August of 2016 I served as an assistant coach
on Team ND at Central Megazones in Indianapolis. In
November of 2016 I was named WDA Girls Coach of the Year.
I've been very blessed in my career to have coached many
record holders, all state swimmers and champions. In June of
2017 I became Program Director of Aquastorm in addition to my
coaching duties and am excited to help guide our club to the next
level. I also served as an assistant coach for Team ND at
Central Zones in Rochester in August of 2017. I became the
Head Coach for Zones for Team ND in Minneapolis, MN in 2018.
I served one year as Senior Vice Chair on the NCLSC Board of
Directors before stepping down to be able to become the Coaches Rep
on the NDLSC Board in July of 2018-July 2020. I also am in my
second term on the NDHSAA Swimming Advisory Board (2015-18 and
I've been married to my wife Leah for 7 years and she
teaches 6th grade PE and Digital Literacy at Simle Middle
School where she coaches track and also serves as my assistant boys
swim coach for Legacy. We have a son Michael who is 2
and daughter Sarah who is three months old.
I graduated high school from Detroit Lakes High School in Minnesota. I swam competitively for 3 years but due to a shoulder injury I was unable to compete my senior year.ý Currently, I am an avid runner and enjoy doing half marathons. I have also competed in two Sprint Triathlons and hope to possibly move up to the Olympic distance this year.
I attended college at NDSU and majored in elementary education. After college, I spent two years in Las Vegas as a third grade teacher. After moving to Bismarck I have worked as a Daycare Director and also taught third grade in a private school. Currently, I am working at Simle Middle School as an Aide in the Intellectual Disabilities room and hope to eventually begin teaching either Math or Science at Simle.
I am married and have two children. My son Logan is 6 and in kindergarten and my daughter McKayla is almost 9 and in 3rd grade. My daughter is also a swimmer for Aquastorm and loves every minute of it. I am looking forward to working with your children and hope to give them the love for swimming that my daughter has received as an Aquastorm Team member.